beglobal podcast – Juliana Rotich of Ushahidi

Juliana Rotich is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation. Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. Juliana is a senior TED fellow and writes a blog called Afromusing.

Juliana is originally from Kenya where she spent her early life and schooling. She later moved to the US where she majored in IT and has worked in the industry for over ten years.

She collaborated with the online community and co-founded Ushahidi which is the Swahili word for testimony. Ushahidi is a web based reporting system that utilizes crowdsourced data to formulate visual map information of a crisis on a real-time basis. As a Program Director for Ushahidi she manages projects and aids in the development and testing of the Ushahidi platform.

Listen to the podcast here:

The be global podcast is produced by DocuCinema. The interviewer is Lee Schneider and you can follow him on Twitter as @docuguy.

A program note: Juliana is joining the podcast from Narobi, and during our recording the audio quality got a little wonky. A transcript of the podcast will be available at

Photo: Courtesy Ushahidi and Juliana Rotich


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